Learn to drive quickly
You can’t avoid the process of learning to drive but what’s the quickest way to pass the driving test?
- Apply for your provisional licence NOW! You can’t book the theory test without one.
- Start “Swotting” for the theory test before your licence arrives!
- Start driving lessons and book theory test as soon as provisional licence arrives.
- Pass theory test first time and book driving test (you must pass theory before you can book practical test).
- Pass your driving test.
1. Apply for your provisional driving licence
You can get your provisional licence up to 3 months before your 16th birthday.
- You can start driving a car when you are 17.
- At 16, you can start to ride a moped or a light quad bike.
- If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of the Personal Insurance Payment (PIP), you can start to drive a car at 16 years old.
2. Revise for the theory test
Don’t wait for your provisional licence to arrive to begin the theory test revision.
Don’t take the theory test lightly! More people fail than pass on the first attempt!
3. Book the theory driving test
You can book a theory test as soon as you receive your provisional driving licence.
4. Driving lessons
You can start driving lessons from the age of 17.
How many lessons does it take to pass the driving test?
- It takes most people 40 hours of lessons to learn to drive with another 22 hours of practice driving with family or friends
- With a two-hour driving lesson each week you would expect to be ready to take the driving test within 4 to 5 months.
Your driving lessons can take place over several months or as little as one week. What is best for you?
- Semi-intensive courses range from 2 to 6 weeks with the driving test already arranged at the end of the course. It would be advisable that you passed the theory test before starting the course.
- Intensive driving courses mean you will be taking around 30 hours in a single week. This full-time course requires you to have already passed your theory test and will include a driving test at the end.
5. Book the practical driving test
When you pass the theory driving test, you can book a driving test immediately. (The DVSA waiting times vary from each test centre.)
There are driving test centres all around the UK, and if you are prepared to be flexible with location, the opportunity is there for you to source different test centres to find the earliest test available.
When you have booked a test date, you can try to get an earlier date by changing your driving test appointment sometimes called a driving test cancellation.
6. Take the driving test
Your driving instructor will tell you when you are ready for the driving test!